A MAZE. / Berlin 2017
6th International Independent Games and Playful Media Festival - April 26 - 29, 2017
A MAZE. established in 2008 is an international label in the field of independent and alternative games, playful media and games culture. Interdisciplinary, game-centered events and productions transcending media channels and cultures are the signature feature of A MAZE. Our portfolio includes the production of festivals, exhibitions, conferences, workshops, game showcases, game jams, artist in residence programmes and a magazine.read more
A MAZE. / Berlin is an unique and cultural investigating international platform for games and playful media that invites professionals and creatives from various fields to exchange their knowledge and visions, presenting their projects, playing, making contacts to collaborate on future projects.
A MAZE. / Berlin represents games beyond the mainstream and celebrates the art-form and not the product.
Expect three days of inspiration, skill, celebration and play at one of the most influencial game festivals in Europe. More info about ticket categories:FULL FESTIVAL TICKET
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A MAZE. Awards - 25 games will compete in 5 categoriesSee Nominees
for 2017! Honorable
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Since 2012 A MAZE. awards The Most Amazing Game. The winner is selected by an interdisciplinary, international and 100% independent jury. 2014 A MAZE. extended the award to three categories and the audience award. 2015 we’ve introduced our fourth category the "Other Dimensions Award” which is dedicated to play in virtual reality.
Now in respect of the forward-thinking and game changing development of the creators some of the 2012 award conditions and categories are not legit anymore. We've decided to adapt on the exciting movement and made some extension: The categories are: “Most Amazing Game Award”, “Human Human Machine Award”, “Long Feature Award”, “Digital Moment Award”, “Collider Award” and “Audience Award”.
- Read about the categories
- Read about the history of the A MAZE. / Award
- The 2016 Award Winners Are …
A MAZE. Awards Cermony
April 28, 2017 (Entrance: 7pm) at Haubentaucher
International Jury members
(Haubentaucher / Taekwondo Studio)
From the 26th to the 29th of April 2017 A MAZE. / Berlin invites general public visitors and professionals to explore the best new independent videogames, Virtual Reality experiences and Playful Media projects. In public exhibitions visitors will discover the 25 nominees for the A MAZE. Awards, engaging with with new technologies and ways of digital storytelling.
The accompanying two day conference program presents a space for interested publics to join artists, game developers and academics in a conversation on new trends in digital media and independent videogames. For the first time the festival will feature a whole track of talks, discussion rounds and workshops concerned with experimental, artistic and critical approaches towards Virtual Reality. We call it the Other Realities Track. Cutting edge creators will highlight the platform’s possibilities outside of the context of business ventures. Follow all talks on Voice Republic.
To mention only a few including Fakhra AlMansouri, Henrike Lode, Jan Willem Nijman, Jenny Jiao Hsia, Jim Crawford, Kitty Calis, Mel Croucher, Pierre Corbinais, Pietro Righi Riva, Shawn Alexander Allen, Vaida Plankyte, Alfredo Salazar-Caro, Isaac Cohen, Simon Wilkinson, Miyö van Stenis, Jessica Palmer, Veve Jaffa, Paolo Pedercini, and many more.
Concerts + Party (Urban Spree)
Wed 26th of April
Flashback Future Disco Helsinki, FI — Tropical Camel, IL — Silkersoft, DE — NSDOS, FR
Thu 27th of April
Crows Crows Crows, UK — Sintecta, CA — Grizzly Cogs, FR — From Grotto, FI
Fri 28th of April
Ed Vielante, UK — Debmaster, FR — Patric Catani, DE — Look No Computer Mom, UK — DJ Die Soon, JP — DJ Storno, DE
Sa 29th of April
Loe.Loe, DE — Kahn of Finland, DE — Bounty Island, AU
Entrance fee incl. Exhibition
- April 26 (6pm-1am): 10€ – festival opening
- April 27 + 27 (8pm-2am): 15€
A MAZE. Exhibition (Urban Spree)
Artistic and experimental games are often off the mainstream and allow for different experiences with forward-thinking and playful views, often not for entertainment only. Technology is used as playground for artistic expression and innovative interaction with audiences interested in critical reflection and meaningful interaction. Discover virtual reality experiences, local multiplayer games, interactive installations and many more of this versatile art-form.
The public exhibition consists of
- 25 Nominees and 10 Honorable Mentions for the A MAZE. Awards 2017
- The Brain 3 – Story Lab a cooperation with Institut français Deutschland and Polish Institute Berlin
- The Science Game Collection in cooperation with CRI Paris
- Watermelon Game Jam Showcase (#melongamejam)
- Playful Collisions - a game designed by students from zHdk and Cologne Gamelab.
- Open VR Selection and Open Screens Selection
Dates and Tickets
- Opening: April 26 (18pm–1am): 10€ incl. music
- Exhibition: April 27 + 28 (2pm–8pm): 8€ / day
- Exhibition: April 29 (12pm–1am): 5€ family day!
- 10 years and under get free entrance.
- This exhibition contains graphic imagery and interactive content. Parent/adult discretion is advised
A MAZE. Village (Haubentaucher)
Already started in 2015 with small huts, 2016 A MAZE. will stage a village where different countries are able to display a small selection of the very best of independent games and alternative games of their country. It will be a world showcase, an international market with the intention of enable co-productions throughout with the support of public funds. National and international funding institutions, but also game labels, distribution platforms and publishers are invited to play and meet the developers of upcoming unique and experimental projects.
A MAZE. Blender Berlin (Haubentaucher)
and supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Kickstarter, BerlinBalticNordic.Net, games:net berlinbrandenburg and GAME.
At A MAZE. / Berlin 2017 we are organizing an event where independent game developers from all over the world will get the opportunity to showcase their games to potential publishers and media. On Thursday April 27, from 7-10PM there will be a special event at Haubentaucher where you can meet over 20 handpicked independent developers showing their fantastic games! The event will be in classic A MAZE./ style: informal and relaxed with drinks and snacks. Plus, of course, the amazing opportunity to share contacts, network, discuss expectations, and meet developers.
Safe Space Policy
A MAZE. / Berlin is dedicated to providing a harassment-free social experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion or game preferences. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Anyone violating these rules will be expelled from the festival at the discretion of the organisers.
Harassment includes verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or games, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.
If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the festival with no refund. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of festival staff immediately.
The festival staff will be happy to help participants contact security or police, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.
We expect participants to follow these rules at all our venues and social events.
This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers:
About A MAZE.
A MAZE. established since 2008 is an international label in the field of independent and alternative games, playful media and games culture. Interdisciplinary, game-centered events and productions transcending media channels and cultures are the signature feature of A MAZE. Our portfolio includes the production of festivals, exhibitions, conferences, workshops, game showcases, game jams, artist in residence programmes and the A MAZE. Magazine.
A MAZE. interacts with their events in different creative scenes including Johannesburg/ South Africa, Rijeka/ Croatia, Cluj/ Romania, Ramallah/ Palastine, Moscow/ Russia, Abu Dhabi/ UE, Kharkiv/ Ukraine and Berlin/ Germany. A MAZE. / Berlin in April and A MAZE. / Johannesburg in September are the annual festivals that highlights games beyond the mainstream.
A MAZE. GmbH
HBR 141938 B Berlin-Charlottenburg
VAT ID: DE283001485
Founder and CEO:
Thorsten S. Wiedemann
Thorsten S. Wiedemann
Co-curator of Other Realities track: Fabien Siouffi
Iwan Gabovitch, Luca Lombardo
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